Country / Region profile of: Seychelles

Seychelles does not have a recent history of large-scale conflict. The Constitution and law affirm the right to be free from all types of discrimination, but do not prohibit discrimination based on specific factors. There is no officially sanctioned discrimination in employment and women are well-represented in business. There is no economic discrimination against women in employment, access to credit, equal pay for equal work, or owning or managing a business. Seychelles is thus emerging as a leader in promoting gender equality. As of 2017, Seychelles is not among the 144 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Seychelles acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on 5th May 1992. In 2017, Seychelles spent 21.7 million on military spending. In regards to disarmament, Seychelles voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, signed on the 3rd June 2013, and ratified on 2nd November 2015. Seychelles’ active civil society covers a variety of different sectors which include manufacturing, education and the environment. Many of the country’s international NGOs which operate in the country are predominately in the environmental sector with other organisations supporting food and agriculture, women’s rights and peace. 

" I -- for me, for the future -- see Seychelles’ women really leading in the right way: balancing work, balancing personal life, but making the right impact. And also providing the mentorship to other young women which we did not have, so that more women can come forward and join politics. And I want to encourage every woman, wherever they are, just to take that step of faith, that leap of faith, and start doing it and believe in yourself." - Sheryl Vangadasamy


$ 21,700,000
Military expenditure
Seychelles spends USD$21,700,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Low carbon power
This amount could strengthen sustainable environments for women and girls by supporting the transition to low carbon operations in the Seychelles.
NAP 1325
Seychelles does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments